Las Vegas isn’t just all gambling, on our trip to this desert oasis we were surprised at just how many awesome attractions and activities there are to visit and do! The minute you step off the plane you know you are in a unique place. Leaving the airport and taking a drive down the Vegas strip there is a feeling of excitement and buzz quite like no other, it surprised us is so many ways.
If you’re searching what to do in Vegas other than gamble, then keep reading as we will share 11 epic experiences other than sitting at the slot machines!
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Must do activities in Las Vegas
1. Ride the high roller
Lets start with seeing the strip from up high, on a budget! This gigantic ferris wheel is like being on a bigger version of the London eye or Singapore Flyover. The individual pods are HUGE and if you luck out, you might just get one to yourselves like we did. You'll have sweeping 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip, the wheel takes around 30 minutes to complete one revolution, the city lights are mind-blowing at the top!
We recommend buying your tickets in advance to avoid any queues when you get there.
2. Catch restaurant at Aria
Incredible food and an elegant restaurant which is great for a special occasion. The entrance is the perfect place to grab a snap for your insta feed filled with bright blooms.
3. Milkshakes at Black Tap
Stop by Black Tap which is towards the Wynn hotel & Casino. These milkshakes are no joke, they are huge and the extensive milkshake menu will not disappoint.
4. Bellagio Fountains
The best thing about this is that it is completely free. The water show here is synced beautifully with music and restarts every 15 minutes with a completely new show. The gardens inside the lobby area of the Bellagio are incredibly decorated with ever changing themes, and definitely worth checking out around any kind of holidays like Halloween and Christmas where they get extra special.
5. Take a walk down Paris, New York, and Italy!
Ok maybe not, but it is so fun walking up and down the strip checking out the different hotels that are made to be like a different city in the world.
Starting with our favourite, the Paris hotel with it’s very own Eiffel tower. Keep walking to Luxor which will transport you to Egypt, or Caesar’s palace which will transport you to Rome, or the film set of The Hangover.
6. Experience a helicopter over the hoover dam
Such an iconic sight, it is incredible learning how the hoover dam provides power not only for Las Vegas but also for Nevada, Arizona and California.
7. Visit the Grand Canyon
If you’re already splashing out on a heli-ride, you may as well go for the full works and cover both the hoover dam and Grand Canyon. We took a tour with Maverick helicopters, they take you down to the bottom and land inside the Grand Canyon. Flights start at $100 USD.
8. Catch a ball game
Is there anything more iconic? Growing up outside of the USA “caching a ball game” is something we always wanted to do. The Las Vegas Ballpark is a relatively new addition to Downtown Summerlin located just south of City National Arena, the practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights. (Tickets start from $18 pp)
9. Visit the Eiffel Tower restaurant
The views from here alone are worth the trip. If you don’t fancy splashing out on dinner, just pop up here for a drink. Do yourself a favour and try and snag a front seat to the Bellagio water show, and if you can, head up just before sunset to watch the sun disappear, and see the lights change across the strip. It is Magic.
10. Visit Red Rock Canyon
Check out this off-road adventure in a jeep. This canyon is only a 20 minute journey from the Las Vegas strip! There are morning and afternoon tours, we opted for the morning as it was a bit cooler. Our guide had so much knowledge about the local floral and fauna, such great fun.
11. Watch a show
If there is any place that provides epic entertainment, its Las Vegas. There are many incredible options to choose from, but our favourite is Le Reve; a sensational water show that will leave your mind blown and jaw dropped.